Wells Street Two-Way Conversion Work Has Begun
Wasting no time, the Department of Public Works has already began work on the conversion of Wells Street to a two-way street throughout downtown. In particular, new street lights have gone up at the intersections of Milwaukee Street and Wells Street, and Jefferson Street and Wells Street
The city is evidently moving quickly to insure the street is ready before the Wisconsin Avenue bridge closing, because this two-way conversion will provide better access to multiple businesses in Westown that would otherwise be difficult to access during the closing. This short-term need is certainly important and was the impetus for the change, but the long-term need is just as significant.
Although there is a small possibility the street could revert to one-way travel after the Wisconsin Avenue bridge rebuild completion, it is more likely people will forget it was ever a one-way street. Much of State Street, Milwaukee Street, Jackson Street, Van Buren Street and Broadway have been converted to two-way streets in the past twenty years, and all have helped to improve downtown Milwaukee’s built environment, for the pedestrian, business owner, and even the person behind the wheel. Seeing that none of these streets have been converted back to one-way streets, it is more than likely that Wells Street will have the same success.